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Re: 508 update? when?


From: Morin, Gary (NIH/OD) [E]
Date: Sep 27, 2012 1:14PM

Pretty amazing that discussion of revisions have been under discussion and process now since 2006!

Because of the rapid changes in technology, in 2006, the Access Board began the process to update the Section 508 EIT Accessibility Standards by establishing an advisory committee. The advisory committee was composed of representatives from industry, disability groups, standard setting bodies in the United States and abroad, and government agencies. On April 3, 2008, the advisory committee presented its report and recommendations to the Access Board, and on March 22, 2010, the Access Board issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to update and revise the Section 508 EIT Accessibility Standards. In response to comments, the Access Board made significant changes to the 2010 ANPRM and issued a second ANPRM on December 8, 2011. The comment period for the second ANPRM ended on March 7, 2012. The Access Board anticipates publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking in early 2013.

* DOJ released its Section 508 Report today! Links are below.
* Press Release about the 508 Report: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/September/12-crt-1103.html
* DOJ 508 home page: http://www.ada.gov/508/
* Current 508 Report: http://www.ada.gov/508/508_Report.htm


-----Original Message-----
From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD) [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:55 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] 508 update? when?

According to a presentation sponsored by SSBBART last Fall, we still have additional steps to go.

The next step for The Access Board is issuing a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (NPRM). (The previous ones were "Advanced Notice of ..." or ANPRM.) After publishing the NPRM in the Federal Register, there will be another Public Comment period. Those comments will then be analyzed and they will develop the "final rule". Then there is a " final regulatory assessment", after which the "Final Rule" will be posted in the Federal Register. The effective date will be in the Final Rule.

If the rules indeed do not go into effect for another 12 months after that, then I think late 2014 is more likely.


Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108